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Bay Area Transit Ridership Trend Study

Bay Area Transit Ridership Trend Study


The Metropolitan Transportation Commission partnered with the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (UCLA) to develop a transit ridership trend study for the Bay Area. The effort is modeled on a similar effort completed in 2018 by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the UCLA research team.

After consultation with a number of Bay Area transit general managers on a scope framework, MTC entered into an agreement with UCLA to undertake the study and develop a set of policy framework recommendations based on study results.  The study was guided by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) made up of planning staff from large (and some small) transit operators.  The policy framework recommendations were developed with input from the TAC and transit general managers.

The study objective was to understand more about recent ridership declines, investigate possible causes, and establish a framework for reversing these trends at the regional and agency level. 

At the January 22, 2020 Commission meeting the UCLA project team presented project findings and the policy framework recommendations.

The full report is available at: